Integrated Plan For Uplift Of AJK Evolved
23 December 2007
Associated Press of Pakistan
Islamabad: A broad-based and integrated plan has been chalked out for the uplift of socio-economic and tourism sectors in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The plan primarily involves the promotion of tourism in Azad Jammu and Kashmir by launching of various projects under private-public partnership, official sources said. The sources told APP here Sunday that in order to materialize the idea of making AJK a most attractive hub of tourism in South Asia, an international tourism conference would be held in Mirpur in February next year under the auspices of AJK government. Various world famous tourism organizations will be invited to attend the global moot on tourism. The sources revealed that in order to promote technical education in AJK, a Technical Education Board would also be set up in the near future. The government has also directed the state-controlled Azad Jammu and Kashmir Logging & Sawmills Corporation to set up Artisan Schools in Mirpur and Muzaffarabad for producing skilled manpower related to the wooden Industry. The sources revealed that Chambers of Commerce and Industry were being set up in all districts of Azad Jammu Kashmir for the sake of accelerating trade and commerce activities. The AJK government officials were directed to accelerate pace of work on projects of export processing zone, industrial estates and the proposed Mirpur International Airport in the private sector. The state government has decided in principal to invite overseas Kashmiris for investment in various educational activities and business and industrial sectors. An Overseas Kashmiris Cell is also being set up soon at the Prime Minister Secretariat in Muzaffarabad for maintaining constant liaison with them in order to provide all information related to the development activities, the sources said. In order to promote sports activities including first class cricket in the area, the AJK government has already decided to set up Kashmir Cricket Board for promotion of first class cricket in AJK. A world standard Quaid-e-Azam International Sports Stadium is already available in the model city of Mirpur. The sources continued that the government was determined to turn Mirpur into an attractive and model city of international repute through the uplift of tourism sector.